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Medicinal Plants: Red Clover (Trébol Rojo)


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Red clover or trébol rojo is a perennial legume that adds nitrogen to the soil. It’s an ingredient in herbal cancer cures including Essiac Tea and the Hoxsey Formula as well as Jason Winters Tea. It’s value has been recognized by some big names in the herbal cancer cure arena. The classic herbal book Back to Eden by Jethro Kloss says that red clover is a life-saving cancer cure. The blossoms (which can be pinkish or whitish colored) contain compounds like caffeic acid, biochanin-A, chlorogenic acid, formonoetin, coumarin, genistein, and isorhamnetin, all of which demonstrate cancer-fighting properties. Red clover can be used as a liniment or balm for skin cancer, but it’s also used in the treatment of psoriasis, eczema burns, and sores. Red clover flowers contain eugenol, myricetin and salicylic acid which give it both pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties.

Red clover is a blood purifier as well as a blood-thinner. As mentioned above, it contains coumarin, so people who are taking blood thinners should avoid red clover. It would also be wise to avoid red clover before surgery because it can increase the risk of bleeding.

Studies have examined the medicinal value of red clover in regard to menopause because it contains phytoestrogens like genistein and daidzein.

Red clover can be harvested and dried on a piece of paper for a few days for use in an herbal tea.





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